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Decorating a dorm? Five key style tips

Ahhh, college. Studying, friends, late night pizza, and … tiny dorm rooms. Though it can seem daunting, it’s absolutely possible to transform a small space into a fabulous (and functional) abode. If your son or daughter is headed off to school this fall, here are a few tips to help them make their very own cozy nest.

1. Organization is key. This is especially crucial in small spaces where things have a tendency to get cluttered easily. By using bins, totes, or stylish containers, you can transform a small space into a chic retreat.

After-Closet with panels open by nolaclutterbusters, on Flickr

After-Closet with panels open by nolaclutterbusters, on Flickr

2. Repurpose antique furniture. Thrift stores, antique shops, and even yard sales often have unique pieces that won’t break the bank. By simply adding a coat of paint, you can hide furniture flaws and give older items a fresh look.

Simple antique chair painted white by Horia Varlan, on Flickr

Simple antique chair painted white by Horia Varlan, on Flickr

3. Find creative uses for space. Try “lofting” or raising your bed to make more storage space underneath. Or, if your storage areas are exposed, you can disguise them with curtains or beads – très chic!

Bright ideas,  courtesy of HGTV.com

Bright ideas, courtesy of HGTV.com

4. Add mirrors. Giving the illusion of a larger space, mirrors instantly add dimension. Plus, they work well as inexpensive wall treatments.

photo interior design oxford rogue designs by rogue designs, on Flickr

photo interior design oxford rogue designs by rogue designs, on Flickr

5. Make sure your room is comfortable. This is by far the most important element of a great dorm room. By having soft bedding and plush pillows, you’ll be more apt to sleep well and wake up feeling refreshed.

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Advertisement Eco-Friendly Chic, courtesy of HGTV.com

Tell us, what’s your advice for creating a stylish dorm room?

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